Piergiorgio Del Ben is an Italian figurative painter, working in primarily acrylic. He takes much of his inspiration from figures from today's society and different facets of society. His work has been featured in a multitude of exhibitions over the years in various countries, including Italy, the UK, and the United States. His work features a blend of abstraction and realism, with an emphasis on powerful, colorful brushstrokes. In this article, Piergiorgio Del Ben answers some questions from the Young Artist's Magazine, and shares works from his series "Mind Vogue."
This series aims to shine light on the problematic aspects of fashion, and how one can become blinded from the important things in life while in the pursuit of fashion, or being perceived differently. Continue below for in depth insights into the artist's process.
"The journey is the discovery."
How/when did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
I do not like to be defined as an artist, although I am aware that it is just an adjective used to identify my works and me. I think of myself as a simple person interested in creativity in all its facets. I would rather answer this question: how long have you been doing this? I have always done it.
What is your favorite subject matter?
I portray characters cancelled out by their own behaviour as they are subjugated to the rules imposed by consumer societies. Fashion and the impression that we want to leave on people are what blur our real self-expression, globalizing all of us in a purely utilitarian appearance.
My visual experience leads me to use all the techniques acquired during my studies. The stylized textures that I portray in my paintings are well connoted with the condemnation of aesthetic modern canons that neglect our personality, transforming us into a globalized throng dictated by fashion.
Who inspired you to be an artist?
I am inspired by the great Master of Art History such as Caravaggio, for the use of light, Picasso, for the shapes and colours, and Francis Bacon for the identity and the drama of his portrayed characters.
What advice would you give to young/beginner artists?
The advice I can give is the fact of being sincere, making art not for achieving fame and success but to fulfil themselves and enjoy the process of creating something of your own from scratch.
What is the best part about pursuing an artistic career?
I compare the best part about pursuing an artistic career to a hiking path of high moun-tains – you have all the capabilities on your side, your personal experience, and you can only count on you to go ahead; when you arrive up to the end, you can look back and have a look at the path you covered. The journey is the discovery.
What kind of sensation you hope to convey to the public that look at your artworks?
With my works I want people to reflect and dwell on the concept of image stimulated by our mind - fashion and the impression that we want to leave on people are what blur our self-expression. I would like that the vision of my artworks leads those who look at them to make choices pushed by their own personality rather than by a fashionable dictate.
We'd like to thank Piergiorio Del Ben for his contribution to the Young Artist's Magazine, and for taking the time to answer our questions and share his brilliant work. All of these works and more can be found on his website: www.piergiorgiodelben.com and on his Instagram: www.instagram.com/piergiorgiodelbenartist/
All images copyright © Piergiorio Del Ben 2021